Monthly Archives: December 2015

Korean Beauty Supply Owner Calls Police On Protestors Directing Customers To Black Owned Businesses

By Zon D'Amour

When is the last time you purchased your Virgin Indian Remy Hair or your lace front wig from a black owned beauty supply? An organization in Texas is on a mission to make sure African American customers are knowledgable of their hair care options.

Members of the Waxahachie Study Group, an organization comprised of followers of Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Justice or Else Movement protested in front of a Texas beauty supply.

The demonstrators held signs out front of the store and discouraged patrons from walking in by providing a list of other Black owned businesses that they could patronize.

This didn’t sit well with the owner of the store who confronted one of the protestors with the following exchange:

Beauty supply owner: Why are you only doing this here? We did something wrong?

Demonstrator: No, we didn’t say you did anything wrong. We’re trying to enlighten our people and let them know that there is a black beauty supply that offers the same services so we are trying to redirect them to shop with their own people first before they shop with someone else.

Beauty supply owner: But I think this is not right.

Demonstrator: You think it’s not …read more

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Driver In Las Vegas Strip Crash Had Marijuana In Her System

By The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman accused of intentionally plowing a car into a crowd of pedestrians on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk had marijuana in her system, but prosecutors said Wednesday that it’s unlikely she will be charged with driving under the influence.

Tests showed that Lakeisha Nicole Holloway, 24, had more than the Nevada legal limit of pot and its metabolic byproducts in her blood when she was arrested shortly after the Dec. 20 crash, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said.

However, he and prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo said the test results do not change the initial charges of murder, child endangerment and felony hit-and-run against Holloway.

“The amount of marijuana and marijuana metabolite does not appear to be enough to affect her mental state at the time of the crime,” DiGiacomo said. “She intentionally drove into the crowd.”

The 3.5 nanograms per milliliter of marijuana in Holloway’s blood were above the 2-nanogram limit in Nevada. The 23.6 nanograms per milliliter of marijuana metabolites in her system were above the 5-nanogram state limit.

Holloway’s court-appointed defense attorneys, Joseph Abood and Scott Coffee, said the amounts don’t prove that her driving was affected.

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Chicago Reporter Shades Weatherman On Live TV? [VIDEO]


Last week, a WGN-TV studio meteorologist and a reporter at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport started throwing shade back and forth on live television after a forecast appeared to be over-hyped.

Weatherman Demetrius Ivory had previously said that severe weather was causing significant delays at the airport. But correspondent Tonya Francisco, reporting live from O’Hare, saw no such delays – and appeared to take pleasure in letting everyone know that Ivory was wrong.

“I’m just talking like I see it,” said Francisco. “You see, I’m outside. I see what’s going on. You are inside talking about some little weather maps.”

Their back-and-forth took place over two separate segments, seen below.

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(Photo/Video Source: WGN)

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Movement on Social Media Asks LeBron James To Get Involved – Fair?

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer

DENVER (AP) — LeBron James stuck his feet into the bucket filled with ice water as he talked about his role in social issues.

Right after scoring 34 points in a win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers star was asked about his reaction to a grand jury declining to indict two white Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy who had a pellet gun.

“For me, I’ve always been a guy who’s took pride in the knowledge of every situation I’ve ever spoke on,” James said. “To be completely honest, I haven’t really been on top of this issue. So it’s hard for me to comment on it.”

There’s a movement on social media urging James’ involvement. The hashtag “NoJusticeNoLeBron” is picking up momentum, with activists asking James to miss games as a protest to the grand jury’s decision. James hasn’t heard much about it.

Tamir Rice was carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun when Timothy Loehmann shot and killed the boy within two seconds of emerging from his police cruiser in November 2014. On Monday, prosecutors said a grand jury concluded that Loehmann reasonably believed that it …read more

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Mayor, Interim Police Chief To Announce Changes

By Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on Chicago police shootings, including one in 2014 in which an officer has been charged with murder for killing a teenager (all times local):

5:45 a.m.

Chicago officials are expected to announce changes in police training, including a requirement that every officer responding to service calls be equipped with a Taser.

A statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office said Emanuel and Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante will have a news conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday to announce “a major overhaul” of the policy regarding how officers respond to incidents and the use of force.

The statement said the department will also begin to require every officer who “responds to calls for service” to be equipped with a Taser and trained to use it by June 1, 2016.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi didn’t immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking further details.

The police department has been under scrutiny since a dashcam video was released last month showing a white officer shooting a black 17-year-old 16 times.

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Tamir Rice’s Mother Releases Statement On Non-Indictment: “The Justice System Is Corrupt”

By Zon D'Amour, HelloBeautiful Staff

Following a grand jury’s failure to indict officers Tim Loehmann and Frank Garmback in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, his mother Samaria Rice has issued a statement.

She remains hopeful that the federal government will review her son’s murder.

According to Jezebel, “The Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice is also investigating the circumstances surrounding Rice’s death and will produce its assessment independent of the Ohio court system.”

Rice’s full remarks:

My family and I are in pain and devastated by the non-indictment of officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback for the murder of our beloved Tamir. After this investigation—which took over a year to unfold—and Prosecutor McGinty’s mishandling of this case, we no longer trust the local criminal-justice system, which we view as corrupt.

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North Carolina Infant Killed By Stray Bullet, Suspects Face Murder Charges

By D.L. Chandler

Two more suspects have been charged after a baby girl in North Carolina was struck and later died of a stray bullet wound. Maleah Williams was outside her apartment playing with Christmas gifts alongside friends when shots rang out in the complex.

The News & Observer of Charlotte reports:

Police arrested two more suspects Monday in the death of a 1-year-old girl shot Christmas Day while in her mother’s arms.

Charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Maleah Williams at Chapel Hill’s Trinity Court public housing community are:

▪ Ramone Jamarr Alston, 22, who was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force without incident in the 600 block of Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro at about 1:45 p.m. Monday.

▪ Pierre Je Bron Moore, 23, who was arrested after surrendering himself at the Chapel Hill Police Department.

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Chicago Cop In Laquan McDonald Shooting Pleads Not Guilty

By Lynette Holloway

The Chicago police officer charged in Laquan McDonald’s shooting death was arraigned Tuesday morning, when he pleaded not guilty to the charge, The Chicago Tribune reports.

Jason Van Dyke appeared for the first time before Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan. His lawyer, Dan Herbert, entered a not-guilty plea at the brief hearing.

He was indicted earlier this month on six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct in McDonald’s fatal shooting.

From The Tribune:

On Dec. 18, Van Dyke’s attorney, Daniel Herbert, told reporters he was considering seeking a change of venue out of Cook County for the officer’s trial. He said “Exhibit A” would be Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s repeated comments about the case and Van Dyke.

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What You Need To Know About The Chicago Double Police Shooting

By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police fatally shot a 19-year-old man and 55-year-old woman over the weekend, again putting a spotlight on one of the nation’s largest police departments and raising questions about whether its officers are too quick to use deadly force.

The double shooting, which already has led to a civil lawsuit filed Monday, follows the Nov. 24 release of video showing white officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. The release of the video sparked persistent protests, forced the resignation of the city’s police chief and led to a wide-ranging civil rights investigation of the entire Chicago Police Department by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The following is a look at the latest shooting, what questions remain unanswered and what’s likely to happen next:


It’s clear that at least one police officer opened fire early Saturday at a two-story home on Chicago’s West Side. Mortally wounded by the gunfire was 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, who was home from college for the holidays and staying with his father in an upstairs apartment. Also killed was 55-year-old Bettie Jones, who lived in the ground-floor apartment. Both were black. Police were responding to at least one …read more

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Louisiana Woman Accused Of Destroying Strip Club With Bat Over Cover Charge

By Desire Thompson

A Louisiana woman visiting family in Willimantic, Connecticut spent the holiday weekend in jail after she was accused of trashing a strip club with a bat because of the venue’s entrance fee.

Police say the incident happened at Ultra Violet Gentlemen’s Club on Saturday evening when 28-year-old Shantel Jones refused to pay the cover charge to enter the club, NBC Connecticut reports. She reportedly left the area and returned a short time later and was able to get into the club with the bat. She allegedly smashed the cash register and other property inside, notes the report.

No one was injured in the rampage, but police were able to capture Jones in the parking lot and place her under arrest.

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